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What are they used for?
Used as reference guides in runway shows and stage or film productions, Face Charts are an easy way for professionals to represent designs to a client or give them options for a job and a terrific tool for collaborating with a client on the spot (even if you’re only using crayons or colored pencils)!
If you’re just starting up they’re not only a great way to practice, but also showcase your abilities before you’ve gained a lot of professional experience; you KNOW what you can do – Face Charts allow you to SHOW it (even if nobody’s asked you to do it yet)!
For the non-professional kid in most of us, Face Charts are like a grown up coloring book! They can be a fun hobby and a relaxing creative outlet or an easy way to get some practice in and plan your look for a special event without having to wash your face in-between applications! Remember you can make these as realistic, as stylized or as simple as you’d like! Most artists are only concerned with getting the message across, not with creating a picture-perfect, realistic recreation of a human face.
What kinds of products can I use?
Cosmetics! Face Charts work with all kinds of cosmetics: creams and powders alike. Foundation isn’t necessary, though lots of Face Ch’artists like to contour the face with cream or powder concealers, foundations and bronzers to create a three-dimensional skin tone.
How do I contour the face?
Bronzers, flesh-toned, taupe or light grey eyeshadows, and contour powders work the easiest (especially if you’re just beginning to work with Face Charts). Cream concealers and foundations work very well too! Remember since the paper is white, even the palest shades will show up more intense than they would on real skin!
What brushes should I use?
You can use any brush you’d like but we’ve found that smaller, stiffer brushes than you might normally use for a task work well for Face Charts (example: Your favorite fluffy eye blending brush might be best suited to apply blush to a Face Chart). Cotton swabs, inexpensive art brushes, even your fingers all make great tools to experiment with! TIP: Try “pushing” the products into the paper with small, circular motions instead of sweeping or patting it on. You’re going to get some excess powder on the paper as well; a delicate fan brush (or a can of compressed air) will help sweep those bits away without marking up the page.
What’s the best way to create lashes?
There are several methods but liquid eyeliner is most artists’ go-to product; use a very small, detail brush to sweep the lashes on. You can also use a mascara fan brush with liquid liner to create several lashes in one stroke. A sharpened, black art pencil works for long, fluttery lashes or even an artists inking dip pen with a small nib and your favorite black ink will work! Of course if you’d like, you can skip lashes all-together. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Practice on a piece of scrap paper first until you are comfortable with a technique. TIP: Colored pencils work well brows too! Keep a selection of browns, reds and “blondes” on hand to pencil in some very realistic eyebrows!
Can I use lipstick on these?
Absolutely! Lip liners and lipsticks both work great. You shouldn’t have a problem with smudging but if you are concerned, you can always lacquer your finished lips with a clear nail polish (glossy or matte)! TIP: When you’re done with your design you can protect the final look by using a regular setting spray, available in any art supply store. The same kind used for pencil, chalk and charcoal drawings works perfectly to set your final look and keep it from smudging or fading.